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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Kuhio Shores Condos in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Steven C Williams, CO, United States
Report Number 1370
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer required, if you do not have one they will give you one. Stay
within sight of the divemaster.  Dive your own profile.  Inform divemaster
when you are at 1500 psi. Begin ascent at 500-700 psi. Saftey stop
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No accomodations for photographers on the vessel.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Niihau is truly a magnificent place to dive.  Few soft corals, but the hard
corals, vast numbers of endemic species and critters, schools of fish,
clarity of the water and underwater structure make up for it.  Bubbles
Below is a boat dive operation only, with no shop or shore facilities.  The
staff is great.  The vessel, Kaimanu, has no accomodations for
photographers and room for only 6 divers to sit comfortably. Technically
speaking, there is a "head" on board; a porta-potty in the tiny
forward cabin -- but no one uses it except in the most dire need as there
is no privacy or ventilation and the boat briefing includes encouragement
to pee/poop in the sea.  The boat ride over to Niihau is OK and takes about
an hour and 45 minutes.  But the return trip is brutal due to the wind
kicking up in the afternoons and can take 2-3 hours or more.  If you want
to go to Niihau, I recommend you book with Sea Sport Divers instead as
their vessel, Anela Kai, is a Pro48 that makes the trip to Niihau MUCH more
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